You say what is in a name? Whether that spongy syrupy round sweet that you ate was r-a-s-a-g-o-l-a or r-o-s-o-g-o-l-l-a will depend upon where you ate it. It was not so until 29.07.2019 when 'Odishara Rasagola' got the GI tag to end the century long war between Odisha and West Bengal over the origin of … Continue reading A Crusade against Wrong Attribution
Poet Ellora Mishra makes her debut as a book author with her collection of poetry titled 'Dots and Streaks'. It is a part of Blogchatter ebook carnival and is available for free download. Ellora hails from Odisha - the land of fine arts. She did her degree in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani, Rajasthan and … Continue reading Lyrical Landscapes of Dots and Streaks
Five Petals is the maiden book of blogger Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu. It is a collection of five short stories and is part of the ebook carnival organised by the blogchatter - the prominent blog aggregating platform of India. Chinmayee is an MBA degree holder. After a stint in the corporate world she has taken up … Continue reading The Flowering of a Storyteller
This is the age of content delusion. There are no dearth of contents to match your passion for the audio visual kind or your obsession for reading. It is good to have so much content at our finger tips. But on the flip side it adds to our confusion. What to read and what to … Continue reading A to Z of Quality Reading
I have a fascination for Kolkata. I have been enticed to travel its by-lanes after many a virtual experiences of its physical and mental landscapes through the hungryalists and other Bengali authors whom I have admired since childhood days. In spite of that, Kolkata is the only big city of India that I am yet … Continue reading A Taste of Kolkata for the Non-Bengali Soul
In India along with books of chick-lit genre written by the ilks of Chetan Bhagat, the books of another genre that sell well are those based on the characters of our mythologies like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Some authors like Devdutt Patnaik call their books as re-tellings, which of course is nothing new. Retelling is perhaps … Continue reading how far can one deviate in retelling our mythologies?
The Little Clay Cart Some of the interesting books I have read are associated with their own interesting stories about how I came across the books or, in what circumstances I read the books. While helping my father-in-law arranging his home library a couple of years back I came across an Odia version of the … Continue reading How I met my books
The fare comes to Rs. 492. I hand over a five hundred rupee note. While searching diligently for the change to return, the Ola driver smiles sheepishly and says, 'Sir, five star please'.. Let me simplify this for you. There are two kinds of reviews. Influenced reviews and honest reviews. Or, paid reviews and honest … Continue reading To buy or not to buy
Post independence we can say our constitution defines the idea of India, apart from its physical boundries carved out through historical corrections and blunders. But the idea of India is an ancient one, as ancient as perhaps when efforts were taken to sanctify its mountains, rivers and all other important natural landmarks and link those with local/pan Indian deities and events of our great epics. It is not great kings or factors like language or ethnicity that created and sustained the idea of India, but rather the footsteps of the humble pilgrims.
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“A specialty of India’s landscape is that all its physical features such as rivers, mountains and seashores, are associated with myths and stories, ranging from local to pan Indian, from obscure tales to famous legends known throughout the length the breadth of the country,” writes Durga Prasad Dash
There have been numerous western scholars who have written books about India and Hinduism. Most of them have tried to see India through the lenses of either orthodox Christian values or liberal western values. Having done away with the pagan Gods at the advent of Christianity, it baffled the Europeans who came to India to see a thriving civilization with polytheistic beliefs and multicultural identities. However, instead of probing India’s cultural roots and taking a holistic view, some authors focused selectively on only the negative aspects of Indian society such as the caste system, and tried to establish that their own culture…
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This post is in response to not only indspire #273 prompt but also the blog posts written by fellow indibloggers on the topic suggested by Dr. Rekha Rani. It is interesting to note that fellow bloggers have examined the topic from various angles. I have also put my views as comments on their blog posts. … Continue reading The age of content overload